John Robinson to keynote Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities

Posted July 21, 2014, at 4:16 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — On Thursday, Aug. 7, the Five Council Collaborative is sponsoring the second annual Maine Empowerment Forum for People with Disabilities at the Bangor Hilton Garden Inn located at 250 Haskell Road. John Robinson, managing partner and CEO of Our Ability, will keynote the event. Robinson, who was born a congenital amputee, will share his inspirational story. He is a motivational speaker as well as a video executive producer on numerous award winning productions. Over the past two years, Robinson has been from Australia to the White House discussing the Obstacles he has Overcome!

John Robinson is the subject of a national documentary shown on Public Broadcasting Stations titled “Get Off Your Knees: The John Robinson Story.” He also authored the autobiography “Get Off Your Knees: A Story of Faith, Courage, and Determination” published by Syracuse University Press.

The Empowerment Forum focuses on providing an opportunity for individuals with disabilities to speak for themselves about what is working or what is not working. The event will include a legislative panel that will answer questions and provide information about how people can effect positive change.

The Five Council Collaborative consists of the Maine Statewide Independent Living Council, the Maine State Rehabilitation Council, the Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired, State Rehabilitation Council, the Maine Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Late Deafened, and the Commission on Disability and Employment, a subcommittee of the Maine State Workforce Investment Board.

To register for the event, go online to or call 207-377-7055.  Space is limited, and the deadline for registration is Aug. 1. Attend for the opportunity to win an IPad and meet John Robinson. Robinson’s book will be available for purchase.

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